Andy, I suspect your post wasn’t primarily directed at me, but since I did argue that McCain was the strongest candidate in the Republican field and that his appeal to independent voters was one of the reasons for thinking so, I should just note that I still believe it’s true. I very much doubt any of his primary opponents would be doing better if he had won the nomination. But we’ll have plenty of time to argue about it after the election. Ideally, on the NR cruise, you’ll be explaining to me that Giuliani would have had an even bigger winning margin than McCain ended up having!
Fall is almost here in California. So we know the annual script. A few ostracized voices will again warn in vain of the need to remove millions of dead trees withered from the 2013–14 drought and subsequent infestations, clean up tinderbox hillsides, and beef up the fire services. They will all be ignored as ... Read More
Nashville Mayor’s Office, Health Department Concealed Low COVID Numbers Tied to Restaurants, Emails Show
Officials in Nashville, Tn. concealed from the media how few coronavirus cases had been traced to bars and restaurants in the city, according to emails sent between the mayor's office and the city's health department. Emails obtained by FOX 17 News appear to show that the two offices seemingly conspired to ... Read More
The Trump era has brought its own unique vocabulary: Never Trump, anti-anti-Trump, Deep State, QAnon, “The Resistance,” Podbros, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and of course, MAGA, to name just a few. But by far the most useless phrase to emerge over the last few years is “Orange Man Bad.” If you follow ... Read More
After Robin Williams hanged himself in 2014, the media speculated that financial troubles or depression related to drug or alcohol use might have been the cause. Without discussing those topics, Williams’s widow, Susan Schneider Williams, is eager to set the record straight and does so in Robin’s Wish, a ... Read More
During the Democratic presidential debates in 2019, California senator Kamala Harris was asked by a member of the audience about “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing), the process of drilling into the earth and blasting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals into shale rock to recover gas and ... Read More